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Today, both Amazon and Netflix announced that they had reached deals for streaming of ABC and Disney owned content. Netflix secured a short term renewal while Amazon's secured a new licensing deal.Content licensedincludes ABC Studios (Lost, Ugly Betty, Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives”), Disney Channel (Phineas and Ferb, Hannah Montana), and ABC Family (American ...

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Sprint announced on 25 October 2011 that it would deploy LTE-Advanced on its 800 MHz spectrum by the second half of 2013. This follows on its previous announcement earlier in the month that LTE – not WiMax – would feature as its main 4G technology going forward as part of the company’s “Network Vision” ...

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The CTIA Enterprise & Applications tradeshow is an important mobile industry trade event that has nevertheless been struggling in recent years to retain attendees in the face of stiff competition not only from Mobile World Congress, but also from the “main” CTIA tradeshow held earlier in the spring of each year, and a growing ...

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In August 2011, the Dutch Ministry for Economic Affairs announced a public consultation on the proposed amendment to the Telephone Number and ISDN Services Plan. The amendment seeks to introduce new numbering ranges for M2M (machine to machine) communications. Specifically, the 097 number sequence has been recommended for M2M use, with other number ranges ...

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In our recent report on Digital Rights Management (DRM), we highlighted a number of companies that provide hardware and software solutions underlying CA and DRM solutions. These companies provide a mix of core technologies (Intertrust), semiconductor IP solutions (Authentec‘s SafeNet IP), software development tools enabling code hardening (Metaphoric), and porting solutions or turnkey implementations hardened ...

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Last month, Sector Alarm announced that it had selected Telenor Connexion to supply wireless connectivity for its residential home alarm and security systems.

Sector Alarm, which boasts over 130,000 subscribers across Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands, is said to be focused on expanding its market presence and therefore "needs a reliable product" according ...

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Yesterday (Oct 20, 2011), Cisco announced it acquired BNI Video. BNI video was a venture-funded company, launched in 2009, that had raised $17 million in venture funding from the venture arms of Comcast, Cisco, Time Warner as well as leading Boston area VC firms. BNI’s products are focused on better managing multi-screen delivery – specifically ...

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Manufacturer of solar micro inverters and monitoring systems for solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, Enecsys Ltd, announced on 3rd October that it had partnered with Ember to bring ZigBee wireless communications to roof-top PV systems. Aimed at helping householders and businesses better monitor and optimize their systems’ performance, the tie up raises the possibility of ...

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A two year old San Francisco startup, Alphabet Energy, is commercializing an inexpensive waste heat recovery technology. Essentially, this form of energy harvesting implies thermoelectric energy. Alphabet differentiates by using an all-silicon approach to develop thermoelectric generators. Such an approach literally allows it to scale, piggybacking the semiconductor industry, much like the solar industry. This ...

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In a recent interview the CEO of Etisalat Nigeria, Steven Evans, highlighted his plans for competing in the largest telecommunication market in Africa. Currently, Etisalat is ranked fourth in Nigeria in terms of subscriber market share, behind MTN, Glo Mobile, and Zain. One of the methods Evans mentioned was using his company's financial muscle ...

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